Band of Hats

Bands and Ensembles

Popular All-Round Favourite

Like musical genres the industry constantly redefines and rediscovers itself. The duo’s soundtrack revels in the origins of blues, folk, rock, including the progression of diverse styles which are expressed in the current fusion of pop and retro.

Paul and Michael have staged several successful musical tributes to legendary artists, Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Bob Marley. Recently their joint participation in the “Staying Alive” tribute featuring the music of the Bee Gees was performed to “sold out” audiences in the Deep South.

Band of Hats continues to be a popular all-round favourite in the corporate function and local music circuit venues in Cape Town and the outlying areas.

Paul Q (Quentin) Vocals; Acoustic guitar & percussion.

Paul migrated from the Vaal triangle in the late eighties to pursue a musical career in the mother city. Performing together with a friend as “the Flood” Paul achieved some success when Radio 5’s Loud and Proud DJ Dave Charles featured his original song “Nothing’s going to happen” on air, followed by special live performance show. Paul Q and The Flood soon found themselves playing the Southern Sun circuit and were contracted 4/5 nights weekly. After the second original song “The white Dove” rewritten as “Voël van vrede” was awarded second place in an Afrikaans TV talent competition The Flood soon looked towards pursuing their music careers in Europe. During the early 90’s five years were spent performing professionally in the Netherlands. This period was highlighted by two more appearances on SA and Dutch television. At the turn of the millennium Paul Q returned home wiser and eager to embrace the new South Africa.

Michael Dirksen Electric guitar; Vocals & track production

Michael composes and performs original music under the pseudonym, Templeton — with 4 CD’s under his belt. Michael was the lead vocalist and guitarist for 90’s Punk Rock band, Birdhouse and First Black President.  Both Paul and Michael went on to form Acoustic Rock band, The Bends, in the early ‘00’s

With the re-awakening of “roots” music and the singer songwriter genre, these brothers have found their niche.  “Band of Hats” is on the cutting edge of original and energetic musical performance. They continue to reach new audiences as both musicians are recording, participating in musical productions and helping to develop the educational field.

Notable venues:

Over the years the Paul Q and Michael have been function entertainers at the following venues.

  • Arabella Hotel, Kleinmond
  • Beaumont Winery, Bot River
  • Calvin Grove – Kenilworth Cape Town
  • Club Mykynos – Langebaan
  • Diesel & Crème – Barrydale
  • Eensgezind – Durbanville
  • Ferrymans – Waterfront Cape Town
  • Forest 44 – Stellenbosch
  • Goudini Spa – Rawsonville
  • House on Fire – Manzini Swaziland
  • Panama Jacks – Waterfront Cape Town
  • Root 44 Market – Stellenbosch
  • Silver Tree Restaurant – Kirstenbosch
  • Spier Conference Centre – Stellenbosch
  • The Lookout Deck  - Hout Bay
  • Trinity – Cape Town


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